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“He Was Never Guilty”: Family Of Ambrose Alli Fires Back At Buhari’s Posthumous Pardon

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Andrew Alli, Son of Late Ambrose Alli has reacted to pardon granted his father posthumously by Buhari on Thursday April 9th.


Ambrose Alli was a medical professor who later became the first civilian governor of the defunct Bendel State between 1979 and 1983.


He was accused of allegedly misappropriating N983,000,00 in funds meant for a road project and sentenced to 100yrs in prison by the General Buhari led tribunal.



He regained his freedom after Gabriel Igbinedion, Esama of Benin, paid a fine to the government. Ambrose Alli died on his 60th birthday on September 22, 1989, at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).


Twitting via his official handle, Andrew said he and his family received no formal communication of the pardon and only learned of it via social media.


We are aware of the announcement concerning the pardon of my father, Professor Ambrose Alli, made by the Government, via its social media pages,” Andrew wrote.


Although we are yet to receive any direct official communication on this matter, we are pleased to hear that our father/uncle/brother/grandfather has received a presidential pardon.

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We have never believed that he was guilty of anything, other than giving his all to improve the lot of the people of the former Bendel State and, indeed, Nigeria. This is demonstrated by the enduring legacy that he left.”


He however thanked the president, Governor Obaseki and other bodies for the recognition of his father’s Innocence.


We thank his excellency, President Buhari, as well as his excellency Governor Obaseki, and all those who have supported the process inside and outside government, for their recognition of this fact.


Mr Buhari on Thursday also granted  foremost nationalist, late Anthony Enahoro who was jailed for 15yrs for the crime of treasonable felony. Enahoro after prison went ahead to hold several political offices before his death in 2010 and as such, it is unclear if he wore the tag “ex-convict”.



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